I believe blues music is a conduit for the human spirit. Since I wrote my first blues song at the age of 14, this music has linked me to everyone who understands the blues. Whatever I’m feeling, good or bad, chances are someone else has experienced something similar in their life and will connect with what I say. I tell my own stories through my music to be part of that common connection between all of us. That’s the power of the blues.

Blues Power

The New Album

After all these years, you don’t have to teach Jeff Dale the job anymore. With The South Woodlawners on ‘Blues Power’, he literally recorded a powerful album.

“Blues Power,” the newest album by Jeff Dale and The South Woodlawners, is exactly what the title says it is. After over 40 years of performing and writing original roots music, Jeff Dale delivers a batch of tunes that radiate his hard scrabble beginnings on the south side of Chicago, his resiliency through tough times and his well-earned sense of humor. “Blues Power” is Jeff Dale’s sixth commercial recording in the last nine years and here are some stand out facts:

Blues Power is co-produced by Americana legend, Marvin Etzioni. Marvin was an original member of the Geffen Records roots rock band Lone Justice and his playing and his producing credits can be found from The Counting Crows to Trombone Shorty to Stephen Stills and Judy Collins.

Guest performers on Blues Power include Rock n Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of the band Chicago, Lee Loughnane, members of Buddy Guy’s current band, the late James Cotton’s drummer, a young, hard touring jam rock band “Hunter & The Dirty Jacks”, and the first chair cellist of the L.A. Opera.

Blues Power is mastered by four-time Grammy® winning engineer Joe Palmaccio.

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A Chicago cat that uses that connection to add authenticity to his blues, Dale is really doing his own thing under the penumbra of old school west side Chicago blues but it’s not about homage, tribute, inspired by...etc. He’s playing from the gut.
— The Midwest Record
People like to talk about “the real deal.” Jeff Dale & the South Woodlawners are without question the real deal. If you like music that is honest, pure and just plain good, this music will have you clearing the living room to make a dance floor right from the start. This is as good as it gets.
— Reflections In Blue
I suppose it would be easy to just draw on the music and styles of the greats that have been part of his already illustrious career but no, Dale has created his own sound. I have to say l love this one and enjoy Jeff Dale’s perception of the Blues. Hope to hear more from this very talented artist.
— PBS106.7 (Melbourne, Australia)

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